7 lesser-known Instagram spots in Sydney

Feb 14, 2018

Sydney is one of the most photographed cities in Australia with world-famous landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, and Sydney Harbour Bridge. On your next trip there, swop the usual tourist attractions with these lesser-known spots – shared by PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts.

Zoom in on wildlife at Taronga Zoo


Home to more than 4,000 animals from over 350 species, the Taronga Zoo presents around 20 keeper talks and shows daily, as well as periodic zoo tours. Focused on conserving endangered species, the zoo participates in breeding programmes of mammals such as the Tasmanian Devil, long-nosed bandicoot, Asian elephant, and snow leopard. These animals make great photo subjects—just avoid using a flash! The best time to visit Taronga Zoo during the Australian summer months is early in the morning when the animals are more active. Missed seeing your favourite animal? You can return the next morning with your entry ticket as your admission is valid for two days in a row. For great views of Sydney Harbour, check out the Wild Ropes adventure course in the zoo. Its high-altitude rope obstacle course allows you to catch a unique view of the harbour.

Where: Bradley’s Head Road, Mosman NSW 2088
Opening hours: Daily, 9.30am to 4.30pm (May-August), 9.30am to 5pm (September-April), 9.30am to 4pm (New Year’s Eve)

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Pose against industrial heritage chic at Carriageworks


Fans of urban exploration and 19th-century factory architecture should head to Carriageworks, a large multi-arts centre supporting Australian and international artists with commissions and exhibitions. Situated in the old Eveleigh Rail Yards building at Wilson Street in the Redfern Waterloo precinct, Carriageworks has been developed by the government’s Arts NSW programme. Once a railway carriage and blacksmith workshop, the building’s preserved iron and brick details make a great photo backdrop. The venue often hosts international fashion shows and major festivals such as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, Pacific Runway Fashion Show and Vivid Sydney, to name a few.

Where: 245 Wilson Street Eveleigh NSW 2015 (corner of Codrington Street)
Opening hours: Daily, 10am to 6pm